NASA has selected 145 research proposals for negotiation
of Phase 2 contract awards for the agency’s 2002 Small
Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The selected
projects, which have a total value of approximately $86.5
million, will be conducted by 119 small, high-technology
firms located in 29 states.

The goals of this NASA program are to stimulate technological
innovation, increase the use of small business — including
women-owned and disadvantaged firms — in meeting federal
research and development needs, and increase private sector
commercialization of innovations derived from federally
funded research.

SBIR contractors completing their Phase 1 projects submitted
251 proposals. These proposals were evaluated to determine
that they meet SBIR Phase 1 objectives and are feasible
research innovations for meeting agency needs.

Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1
projects. Selection criteria include technical merit and
innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial
potential and company capabilities. Funding for Phase 2
contracts could be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance

The NASA SBIR program manager is located at the Goddard Space
Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., with executive oversight by
NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology, Washington. Individual
SBIR projects are managed by NASA’s ten field installations.

A listing of the selected companies can be accessed on the
Internet after 4 p.m. today at:

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